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Caesars AC settles discrimination lawsuit

February 24, 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Caesars Atlantic City avoids the wrath of the gods.

The casino hotel has settled a discrimination lawsuit over its hiring practices at the Toga Bar.

The lawsuit was filed by mostly male bartenders who claimed they were passed over in favor of young women who were to wear provocative togas at the Roman-themed bar.

A trial was scheduled for Monday to decide whether 19 men and one woman are entitled to punitive and compensatory damages.

Caesars admitted no wrongdoing as part of a confidential settlement.

The Toga Bar opened in 2004. Executives had hoped the “goddesses” would attract a younger clientele. The concept was soon abandoned and Caesars’ new owner, Harrah’s Entertainment, hires bartenders based on seniority.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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